Friday, January 24, 2014

Silver Script Update

If the time between Gold Script posts was long, then the last post for this one seems like an eternity ago. Now that I look back I realized I never even got any of these during 2013. The last time I added any Silver Scripts to my set was back in September of 2012. 

Along with the Elias Gold Script I posted yesterday, there were four Silver Scripts included that will help make a nice dent in the want list for this part of the set. The first one is card #31 in the set and features Cory Stillman of the Calgary Flames. 

Up next is card #160 in the set featuring Pavol Demitra of the St. Louis Blues.

Then there was card #180 featuring Alexander Karpotsev of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Last but not least is card #184 in the set featuring Adrian Aucoin of the Vancouver Canucks.

These four bring the Silver Script total to 135 out of a possible 220. That's 61.3% for anyone that doesn't feel like getting the calculator out.

Like I said in my last post, there is nothing better than getting something you need for your collection from someone just looking to help without necessarily requiring something in return. So if the person responsible for sending these my way is reading this post, thanks again, I really appreciate the help with this set. 

This is the kind of thing that make me glad to be back and more active in this hobby. I don't think there is a better group of collectors out there than those of us in the hockey world, but that's just my opinion because hockey is the only sport I deal with. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Gold Script Update

It's been a while since I've had any kind of update on this set. The last time I got one of these was all the way back in March of 2013. For whatever reason, I seem to find more of the Super Scripts than these. Maybe it's because I tend to wait for a better deal on these since they are four times more common than the Supers. 

Anyway, this one came for the best price possible, free. It is from a fellow SCF member who was working on the same set and saw I could use it for my set. It features Patrik Elias of the New Jersey Devils, is card #108 in the set and is serial numbered 053/100. 

This brings my Gold Script total to 61 out of 220. I'd like to add a few more of these this year so I will definitely be on the lookout for them on eBay and anywhere else I can think of. I did manage 12 of them last year somehow, so I'll have to see if I can top that for 2014.

Gold Script Total: 061/220

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Jimmy Howard: 2005-06 Black Diamond RC

This is one of the Howard cards that had been on the radar since I started collecting him back in 2010. I've seen it available plenty of times since then, but never for a price that I was comfortable paying. That was until a few weeks ago when I came across this one.

I placed an opening bid of $0.99 like usual and just waited to see what happened. I figured there was an outside chance at it for that price, but that it would likely go higher. Surprisingly it ended at that initial bid and I came away with a great RC for $2.31 delivered. Not bad considering this card is listed here on COMC for no less than $12 before shipping. 

Like most Black Diamond cards, this one doesn't scan well. It looks so much better in person. Another cool thing about this one is that it would fit right in with my Goaltending Gallimaufry project. Now that is something I want to get back to work on this year. 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Jimmy Howard: 2013-14 Dominion Base

It's been what seems like forever since I picked up anything for my Jimmy Howard collection. Actually, the last time I did get something was way back in April of 2013. Talk about a long gap between cards. Anyway, I'm happy to this project off to a good start in 2014 with one of the better base cards you can get. 

This one is from Panini's 2013-14 Dominion. It is card number 35 in the set and is serial numbered 069/299. It's printed on a super thick card stock and just has a "high-end" feel to it. The design is simple yet complex with all the intricate details on the silver foil. 

This is another auction win that falls into the $0.99 experiment. I wasn't sure if this one would stay at the initial bid, but it did and I'm glad to say I have this one as part of my collection now. Now I just need to work on getting some of the other Dominion base and all The Cup base cards Howard has. 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Super Script Update

If there's one thing I love about being back in the card game, it's that feeling you get when you find one of those elusive cards you been searching for. In this case for my Super Script set there are over 200 of them, but each one is just as satisfying as the one before it. 

This one is also from eBay and features former Predators right wing Patric Kjellberg. It is card #103 in the set and is serial numbered 13/25. This will be the third one for Nashville in my set along with Greg Johnson and Drake Berehowsky

This one brings me to 53 for the set. I'm getting closer and closer to being a quarter of the way done with this set. Right now I'm sitting at 24% completion for the Super Scripts. If we look at all three Script parallels together, I'm sitting at 37% completion right now. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

The $0.99 Experiment

This post is about something I've been trying to do with my eBay bidding lately. It's pretty simple, I just place a starting bid for $0.99 on any card that would be a decent addition to my collection. The idea is to see how many cards I can end up winning for just that initial bid.

Now that I've decided to more actively look for cards on eBay again, it's been pretty easy to find stuff that I like with a $0.99 starting bid. I've even had a couple of auctions end that way so far this year. I may even try to keep track of which ones work and which don't.

Obviously if there is someting I just have to have (i.e. Super Script, Jimmy Howard, etc.) I will probably go beyond just the one bid as anyone normally would. It's just that much more satisfying when I end up winning an auction for such a great price. 

The only real downside to this whole thing is that most of the time $0.99 never actually means $0.99 after you account for the shipping costs. Not sure how I feel about paying more for shipping than the item itself, but I guess that's just the way it is with things like cards.

Anyone else do this as a "strategy" on eBay?

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Super Script Update

Happy new year everyone! I can't believe another year has come and gone already. Anyway, I'm keeping it simple this time and skipping the whole year end review and goals for next year stuff. That being said, I am just going to kick off the new year with a simple addition to one of my main set projects. 

This one also comes from eBay and features Brendan Shanahan of the Detroit Red Wings. It is card #67 in the set and is serial numbered 11/25. The cool part about this one is that it came all the way from Kanagawa, Japan. That's over 6,000 miles away. Pretty weird place for one of these to end up, but I'll take it.

This one brings my Super Script total to 52. Also, I can finally say I have a Red Wing for this set, something I've been wanting to do since I started it. While it set me back a little more than I thought it would, it is still a welcome addition to my collection.